Soy and other legume nutrition towards vegetarianism

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No single food can provide nutrition that your body needs. Yet a balanced vegetarian meal with  whole grains, brown rice, legumes like soy, mung, cowpea, green pea, gram   and other lentils,  super vegetables  like moringa, gotukola, spinach, karapincha,  dark yellow pumpkin, red  beets rich in flavonoids  and fruits to complement can  maintain the body  with proper nutrition, preventing and getting in to degenerative deceases.

Soy  has been a dietary staple  for at least 5000 years  ( 1134- 246 B.C.) in China and Japan 

Soy beans are high in protein   35 % to 40 %  and rich in polyunsaturated fats and the only legume that provides  the amino acid profile that animal protein contains, making it a complete protein with ample  amount of omega 3 fatty acids. Soy is a rich source of phytoestrogens ( present in soy and nuts and seeds ) that helps  lower the incidence of  cancer. Soy is a low calorie, low fat, high protein diet, power house .



" Despite eating relatively   little calcium, people in these countries have very healthy bones In  fact they rarely suffer from  osteoporosis – the excessive thinning of  the bone that  affects many women and some men . " 


Soy foods have been consumed by Asian countries.   Research studying the traditional diets in  Japan and China  first noticed the soy – bone health connection.  Despite eating relatively  little calcium, people in these countries have very healthy bones In fact they rarely suffer from  osteoporosis – the excessive thinning of the bone that  affects many women and some men . Soy food consumption increased when  developed countries realizing  the value of soy in preventing coronary heart decease with FDA, claim that  25 grams of soy protein per day with a diet low in fat and cholesterol, lowers bad cholesterol and increases good cholesterol , was seriously recognized .

Soy consumption is known to lower the incidence of chronic heart decease, high blood pressure, osteoporosis, Type 2 diabetes, known to  retard the growth of cancer and tumour cells  and help ease the symptoms of menopause contributes in memory power. .

Dr. Mark Messina – Associate Professor of  Loma Linda University  California  recommends 2-4 servings of soy foods per day as soy milk, soy beans, tofu and meat substitutes.

 Regularly eating soy helps overweight to avoid type 2 diabetes. Carbohydrates in Soy breakdown slowly limiting their impact on blood sugar. People with diabetes has the increased risk of heart decease and kidney failure.  Soy protein  helps lower the kidney damage which is a common complication of protein in urine meaning less kidney damage.

Our own legumes  soy beans, soy  milk, brown rice, yams , dark green leafy vegetables , nuts and seeds  many  fruits like avocado ,anoda , wood apple, beli fruit ,  in greater variety   can make   well balanced healthy  meals to prevent  unwanted deceases and a mind devoid of negative elements as plant food take us towards higher mental status of true humanity .

The writer is Mrs .Sunanda Weerasinghe – President of Sri Lanka Food Processors Association  who promotes vegetarianism  for health and spiritual well being of humankind.
 
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